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33 review for Paradise Lost and Selected Poetry and Prose

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brett

    Back when I was an undergraduate English major, we read excerpts of Paradise Lost and the entirety of Areopagitica and I have a (possibly false?) memory of more or less enjoying the experience. This time around was a little different. I have to be honest: getting through this book was a serious slog for me. Maybe that's because I've lost patience with slowly working through texts from the long-past or maybe I'm just too addled by television and pop-culture. Whatever the case, Milton's voice felt Back when I was an undergraduate English major, we read excerpts of Paradise Lost and the entirety of Areopagitica and I have a (possibly false?) memory of more or less enjoying the experience. This time around was a little different. I have to be honest: getting through this book was a serious slog for me. Maybe that's because I've lost patience with slowly working through texts from the long-past or maybe I'm just too addled by television and pop-culture. Whatever the case, Milton's voice felt very far away from any of the concerns of my life in present day America. There is a level of beauty in the blank verse and Satan remains the most interesting character in the book, but really, it's just exhausting. In addition to Paradise Lost, this particular volume contains Areopagitica and some of sonnets and other political writings of Milton. There are some brief snippets of explanatory text from the editors, but you are largely on your own. I give it three stars out of a stodgy respect for Milton's place in the canon, but it is safe to say that I'm putting this one on the shelf knowing that it will likely sit there undisturbed for many years to come.

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